Girl With Tongue Stuck To Freezing Pole Left At Bus Stop

An Oklahoma fifth-grader is recovering after her tongue was stuck to a pole.

Maranda Byrd was at the bus stop with her older brothers in the town of Spiro Friday, waiting for the bus stop when they dared her to put her tongue on a freezing pole.

"The bus was coming down the road and I dared her to do it, and she did it," said Dillon Humphrey, Maranda's brother. "And I didn't think it would happen that bad, but I guess it did."

"I did it last year and I didn't think it would be that hard to get off," said Maranda's other brother, "But it was."

Maranda was stuck to the pole when the bus arrived, and she said she thought the driver would get off and help her get free. But instead, Maranda said, her brothers got on and the bus drove off.

"I was really scared," Maranda said, "And I started chewing away at the ice and I just thought I was going to be late for school, so I just went to school, I didn't come home."

The school nurse treated Maranda and the girl went to the rest of her classes.

Maranda's mom found out later what happened, and she was furious.

"The nurse never called me. The school never called me. I didn't know anything until they got home from school."

The family met with school officials. School officials say they held a meeting with the drivers and were certain this wouldn't happen again. The bus driver, who is also a teacher, is continuing to drive a bus.


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  • by psygothic Location: pi on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    it was the adult's fault..c'mon shes just a kid and older people should be more responsible..and (even it hasn't stated that the driver saw the girl) but im pretty sure that the driver knows about it maybe he saw it or maybe the other kids have told about it to him..im pretty sure that if he has kids we wouldn't wish to happen the same thing that happened to that girl..but i think he's totally different..
  • by northcakalacky on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:08 PM
    Yes both the children should be punished or at fault to,but the adults also. with the way things are happening today, that lil girl could have gotten kiddnapped or raped or anything!!The bus driver shouldnt have left the lil girl out there like that, and she was only 5 years old!!!!WOW!!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 18, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    TY Kim. :-D I lived in Oklahoma for almost 3 yrs so I'm familiar with the region... which is why I stated what I did in the first place. Glad you added that info. Now maybe Concerned Parent can stop having a cow over that point.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    A great lesson learned for the children. I see NO fault with the adults at all. Except the parents allowing craziness if the family.
  • by Kim Location: OK on Jan 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    The town of Spiro is 2.2 square miles. Population of less than 3,000. I doubt she had to walk more than a mile, probably much less. I'm not sure the bus driver knew what was going on if she did see the girl. The angle would have to be just right for the driver to see the girl's tongue stuck to the pole. Unless the brothers said "Her tongue is stuck to the pole." and the driver left anyway, I don't see how the driver is at fault. Those boys would be in a lot of trouble if they were my kids. The nurse could have made a phone call to let the mom know what had happened.
  • by TO TARQUIN Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 18, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Thankful that you live in England. We sure don't need anymore attitudes like yours in America!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 17, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    Well... I don't think she sprouted wings and flew there, that's for sure. Tarquin: Thank you.
  • by Tarquin Location: England on Jan 17, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    This child is an example of natural selection at work.if she fails to learn from her behaviour, then one day she will become a statistic and free up a space for some one with more sense. Long may she continue making us laugh.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Chocowinity on Jan 16, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    To Audra How can all of us assume that the child just walked to school...not everyone lives in walking distance of the school. I for one know I lived 30 mins away. People need to ask the child and if they did ask why not include that in the posting of how the poor child got to school. How devastating it would be for a child to get her tongue stuck to the pole, the bus driver and her brothers leave her in the freezing weather, and then walk to school??? Hello!!!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    This is newsworthy? Must be a slow day @ WITN 7
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